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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Dyers Ferry.

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Dyers Ferry, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Dyers Ferry and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Dyers Ferry and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Dyers Ferry. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Dyers Ferry.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Grainger County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Grainger County sighting report from eBird.

Since Dyers Ferry is near Jefferson County and also Hamblen County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Jefferson County

Sighting report for Hamblen County

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Dyers Ferry.

How Far From Dyers Ferry to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Dyers Ferry to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Dyers Ferry and extending to:

  • Rutledge [Map], which is the Seat of Grainger County, lies just to the North.
  • Nashville [Map], which is the State Capital of Tennessee, lies 182 miles [292.9 km] to the West (W). If you could drive a straight line from Dyers Ferry to Nashville, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 11 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 400 miles [643.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of a day, a buggy would take 16 days and walking would take 23 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,290 miles [10,122.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,000 miles [11,265.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,876 miles [7,847.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Dyers Ferry ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Buffalo Springs   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest of Dyers Ferry   [Map]

Cherokee   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Fox Den   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Gravelly Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Green Acres   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Hammer Store   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Hunters Ridge   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Indian Cave Ferry   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Kathy Hills   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

May Springs (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Meadowview   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Oars Ferry   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]

Pleasant view   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Point Seven   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Rock Town   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Sycamore Spring   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Wilderness Shores   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Dyers Ferry. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Chester Burton 'Chet' Atkins

Musician. He was born in Luttrell (Tennessee) on Friday June 20, 1924 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Saturday June 30, 2001 at an age of 77. He was buried at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens (Davidson County, Tennessee) [Map].

Luttrell [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Dyers Ferry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Chester Burton 'Chet' Atkins<7>

Reggie Cobb

Professional football. He was born in Knoxville (Tennessee) on Sunday July 7, 1968 and died in Jacksonville (Florida) on Saturday April 20, 2019 at an age of 50. He was buried at Lynnhurst Cemetery (Knox County, Tennessee) [Map].

Knoxville [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Dyers Ferry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Reggie Cobb

Paul 'Duke' Hogue, Sr.

Professional basketball. He was born in Knoxville (Tennessee) on Sunday April 28, 1940 and died in Cincinnati (Ohio) on Monday August 17, 2009 at an age of 69. He was buried at Cemetery of Spring Grove (Hamilton County, Ohio) [Map].

Knoxville [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Dyers Ferry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul 'Duke' Hogue, Sr.

Billy Meyer

Major League Baseball. He was born in Knoxville (Tennessee) on Thursday January 14, 1892 and died in Knoxville (Tennessee) on Sunday March 31, 1957 at an age of 65. He was buried at Lynnhurst Cemetery (Knox County, Tennessee) [Map].

Knoxville [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Dyers Ferry

Knoxville [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Dyers Ferry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Meyer

Alvin 'Junior' Samples, Jr.

Comedian, actor. He was born in Cumming (Georgia) on Tueday August 10, 1926 and died in Knoxville (Tennessee) on Sunday November 13, 1983 at an age of 57. He was buried at Sawnee View Gardens (Forsyth County, Georgia) [Map].

Knoxville [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Dyers Ferry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alvin 'Junior' Samples, Jr.

Joe Earl Stuart, Jr.

Musician. He was born in Knoxville (Tennessee) on Tueday February 7, 1928 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Sunday September 13, 1987 at an age of 59.

Knoxville [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Dyers Ferry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joe Earl Stuart, Jr.

John 'Big John' Tate

Professional boxer. He was born in Marion (Arkansas) on Saturday January 29, 1955 and died in Knoxville (Tennessee) on Thursday April 9, 1998 at an age of 43. He was buried at Edmondson Cemetery (Crittenden County, Arkansas) [Map].

Knoxville [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Dyers Ferry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John 'Big John' Tate

Communities Also Named Dyers Ferry ...

While the name Dyers Ferry is unique within Tennessee, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of Tennessee

Kansas

Pottawatomie County

Our profile page for Dyers Ferry, Pottawatomie County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

Although located in Pottawatomie County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Tennessee

About Grainger County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Dyers Ferry. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Tennessee: https://www.tn.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Dyers Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dyers Ferry. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.1679, Longitude: -83.5021     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Dyers Ferry have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Dyers Ferry to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 311.796 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 307.494 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.305 degrees.

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<7>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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<8>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Dyers Ferry could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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